Scrapbook myths you should stop believing

3 Scrapbooking Myths you should stop believing (And some Disneyland pages)

It seems like there was once a time when everyone was scrapbooking. After talking to friends that have given it up, it is clear to me that there are some scrapbooking myths circling out there that have made some people give it up.  It makes me sad. Scrapbooking, to me, is the single most important hobby I could take on.

Why?  And what are these scrapbooking myths?

My number one reason for scrapbooking is the idea that I am preserving my life on paper.  It give me a chance to tell my story and relive the events that have made me who I am. Now that my kids are adults, it feels even more important to me. My scrapbooks are a road map of my life. When the vacation is over, summer ends, the kids grow up, all you have left are your memories.  Is there anything more precious than that? I don't think so.

If these scrapbooking myths have made you stop scrapbooking, or are keeping you from starting altogether, I hope some of my words will change your mind.

Myth #1 I'll never get caught up so I might as well not bother.

First of all, the only way to be "caught up" is when you're dead.  I, for one, will continue to take pictures my whole life. The idea of having every single picture I've ever taken in a scrapbook is ludicrous.  The idea of being "caught up" is the last thing on my mind.

Combat this myth:

  1. Don't scrapbooking in order.  Skip around, pick your favorite events/times/moments and scrapbook those.
  2. Don't put your pages in chronological order.  You might want to sort them by year or by event or by person, but trying to keep everything in chronological order just emphasizes how much you haven't done.
  3. Don't feel like you have to make scrapbooks for your kids!  Make them for yourself. They can look at them when they want to, and someday you'll be gone and they can have them.  Trying to do 2-4 copies of everything will just slow you down and frustrate you.

Myth #2  No one looks at my scrapbooks

I don't scrapbook for anyone other than myself.  There is no line to look at my books, and they won't end up in a museum somewhere.  When I'm old and gray, I can picture myself with all those scrapbooks being my prize possessions. And every once in awhile, someone pulls out one of my books and looks through it.  I catch them sometimes.

Combat this myth:

  1. Make sure you have your scrapbooks where they are easily accessible.  No one will look at them if they are tucked away in storage.
  2. Share your pages online!  Scrapbookers everywhere love to share their stuff and get inspiration from each other!  There are Facebook groups you can join where you can get ideas and share your own.

Myth #3  I'm not creative enough to scrapbook

This might be my least favorite comment I ever hear.  There is no one way to scrapbook. It's all about you and your memories.  The important part is the photos and your story, and you have both of those.  It isn't a competition to see who can be the most creative.

Combat this myth:

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others and do your own thing!
  2. No one has to be creative all on their own.  Copying other people's great ideas is the name of the game.  Get on Pinterest and do some searching. Pinterest is my #1 go-to for page ideas.
  3. Look online for sketches.  A great sketch to help you lay out the pictures and get everything on the page is the first big hurdle.  It's downhill from there.
  4. Don't feel like you have to do EVERYTHING that everyone else does.  If you don't love doing complicated paper piecing, don't do it. If you like stamps, go for it, even if no one else is using them.

If any of these three scrapbook myths are stopping you, I urge you to reconsider.  And I want to share some inspiration with you to get you started.

Scrapbook Disneyland!

Last week I posted Ideas for better Disneyland photos. If you haven't gotten a chance to read my 10 ideas for better photos and are planning a trip soon, go check it out!  Disneyland is my all-time favorite thing to scrapbook. I mentioned in that post that I'd be on to share a few of my Disneyland pages, so here goes!

First up, Dole Whip!

Who doesn't love Dole Whip? If you don't love Dole Whip, I'm sorry, we can't be friends. (In case you're unaware, Disneyland has expanded the Dole Whip refreshment stand! It's a whole new place, with tables and new flavors like orange and raspberry!)

Scrapbook Dole Whip at DisneylandOf course I had to take so many pictures of us eating Dole Whip that it required more than one page...
Scrapbook Dole Whip at DisneylandDoes this page look smaller than 12 X 12? It should, because it is! When I have too many pictures, I will make a shorter or a skinnier page so that it can go in the middle of the main layout. That way you can still see the title as you flip the page over.

Scrapbook Dole Whip at DisneylandI love Dole Whip so much I had to honor it with an Ode to a Dole Whip.

Journaling and writing your story is an important part of every page! Sometimes there is only so much to say, so I add in quotes, saying, or write my own poems. I've kind of discovered that writing poems isn't as hard as it might seem. I may not be Robert Frost, but I know how to rhyme. Silly, but I like it.

The Haunted Mansion!

I have to firmly say this is one of those masterpiece pages that only happens once in a Blue Moon. I hate to pat myself on the back (but I'm a mom and if I don't do it no one will...) but I'm pretty proud of this one. Kudos to my sister who found the PORTRAITS online! (No, I didn't take those pictures)

Disneyland Haunted Mansion scrapbook page

If you've read my post with Ideas to take better photos at Disneyland you really should already know that I don't take photos inside rides. But that doesn't mean I don't scrapbook them! There are tons of them online, and everyone else is a way better photographer than me.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion portraitsYou might think those little pictures at the top are just the cute little portraits, but they aren't!
Haunted Mansion Disneyland portraitsAre those portraits actually stretching? Yes, they actually are! It was an engineering feat to make it work, but it does! You may notice the page break at the top of the bottom frame. You can actually take the top of the page and pull it to extend the portraits. I still marvel that we made this work as well as it did!
Disneyland Haunted Mansion portraitsYou can see the edges of the frames better in this picture.
Disneyland Haunted Mansion scrapbook pageWe found a real lacking in the paper department for the Haunted Mansion, so we created our own by printing the transcript from the ""Ghost Host"" on vellum.

And Tigger Too!

Disneyland Tigger scrapbook pageCharacter pages are my FAVORITE! Pooh Corner has always been one of my favorite spots for character pics, too. I've been dragging my kids there every single trip for years until recently. They are now all revolting and refuse to take pictures with Pooh. It's a sad day for me.

Tigger scrapbook layoutHere's an example of one of the reasons I will never be a digital scrapbooker. (If that's your thing, go for it! It just isn't for me) I LOVE the 3-D look of chipboard pieces, ribbon, flowers, etc. These little frames were made with chipboard covered with paper. Super easy and give that pop every page needs.
Tigger cut with Cricut

I'm not sure I have mentioned yet how much I love my Cricut. I'm not sure there is a strong enough word for how much I love it. It is far and away my favorite toy and this Tigger is just a sample of why I love it! I'll be posting a lot more in the future about Cricut and all the great things you can do with it, but for now, let's just say they've come a long way since their beginning days! I use it on pretty much every page I do.




So that's it for now! I have about albums completely devoted to Disneyland pictures, so this is really just a sampling of a few pages. I hope these pages not only give you the bug to scrapbook, but also the bug to take a trip to Disneyland.

If so, be sure to catch my post 5 Tips for a Successful Disneyland Trip before you start planning!

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